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(Chestnut Hill) – March 23, 2017 – Pine Manor College, a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, inducted eleven students into the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. The College also named President Thomas M. O’Reilly, as an honorary inductee.

Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that accepts only the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students in all academic fields. To qualify, students must be full-time juniors or seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and at least one semester in the junior or senior year with a grade point average of 3.75. Pine Manor is the fifth college in Massachusetts to establish an Alpha Chi chapter.

This year’s inductees include:
Elizabeth Anderson ’17 of Stow, MA, Criminal Justice major
Marlyssa Gonzalez ’18 of Lawrence, MA, Communication major
Hilary Kee ’18 of Herndon, VA, Biology major
Marcelina Mendes ’18 of Brockton, MA, Biology major
Adrienne Mojica ’16 of Dracut, MA, Psychology major
Liza Ortiz ’18 of Revere, MA, Business and Management major
Mary Owen ’18 of Houston, TX, Psychology major
Daniel Vicenzo Perez-Orozco ’17 of Barranquilla Atlantico, Colombia, Biology major
Shanae Saddler ’17 of Randolph, MA, Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership major
Leset Sales ’16 of Brighton, MA, Early Education: Education, Health, and Leadership major
Bountouraby Soumah ’17 of New York City, NY, Biology major

“It has been an honor to watch these inductees grow academically and personally,” said William Stargard, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Alpha Chi advisor, who led the induction ceremony. “They have set the highest challenges for themselves, and it is truly inspiring to witness the talent and dedication that they embody.”

The Honorary Alpha Chi inductee, President Thomas M. O’Reilly, was recognized for his outstanding contribution to Pine Manor College. Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., Dean of the College introduced the president. Describing the president’s academic path and his wealth of business and finance experience, Mello-Goldner added, “[O’Reilly] has a distinguished record of community service, serving as a trustee for a number of institutions, including as a member of the Boston School Committee, Catholic Charities, the World Peace Foundation, and the Boston Latin School Association.”

In his acceptance speech, President O’Reilly described the pursuit of knowledge as a pillar in human advancement throughout the centuries. President O’Reilly shared his experiences as the grandson of immigrants and the first generation in his family to attend college. He gave credit to his parents, who put great emphasis on education, “Despite their limited education, my parents knew that education is the way forward… They told me to press forward, but also to bring others along with me.” It was that thread of seeking knowledge that propelled him to dedicate his time to ensuring access to meaningful education for others. Addressing his fellow Alpha Chi inductees, President O’Reilly said, “To my brother and sister inductees: it is now your turn to press forward, but also to bring along others with you, your brothers and sisters, your neighbors, and those who will follow. Congratulations to you for achieving this exceptional honor. You make me, and all of us, very proud. Your hard work and outstanding academic achievement make Pine Manor College shine.”

The Alpha Chi induction ceremony was followed by the Honors ceremony in which Pine Manor students were recognized for their academic achievements in the past Spring and Fall semesters.

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Pine Manor is a small, private four-year liberal arts college situated in pristine Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston. For over 100 years Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Pine Manor is one of the most diverse private colleges in Massachusetts and offers Bachelors degrees in a variety of areas including Biology, Psychology, Community Health, Business & Management, and Early Childhood Education. The College focuses on pathways to careers through internships and organizational partnerships and academic programs that instill skills and competencies needed in today’s changing workplace. As a result, 100% of PMC’s 2016 graduates were either employed or enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation. Learn more at


Efrat Zinnar-Shavit
Director of Media and Publications
Pine Manor College


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